November 23, 2005

Your Christmas Wish List


Christmas is a time to celebrate with friends and family and a time to indulge in the great gifts that you give and receive. There are often times however where the present exchange isn’t satisfying for either the giver or receiver.

As always the perfect solution can be found on the Internet. There are many websites devoted to setting up and maintaining wish lists – some websites let you select different items from other online stores, while other online stores actually provide the functionality themselves.

The best wish list aggregator I found was Mygiftlist.com. You’ll need to signup as a new member, log in and create a wish list. The benefit of using an aggregator is that you’ll be able to select different gifts from lots of different websites. Mygiftlist manages this list for you and additionally lets you add reminders and birthdays – meaning you can have a permanent list here that people can use all year round.

If you choose to use a wish list from an online store directly choose Amazon.com. Log in to Amazon (you’ll need to create an account) and then browse the store – each time you find something you’d like (or actually like others to buy for you) click the ‘Add to Wish List’ button. This places the item in your Wish List – which you can browse at any time by selecting the Wish List link at the top of the page. Once you have compiled your Wish List select the link that says ‘Tell people about this list’ to have Amazon email the list to as many people as you want – however, when inputting email address make sure each is correct, and be sure to separate them with a comma. You can also add a customised message to all your friends.

If you’d like a more Australian experience you can check out either dstore (www.dstore.com.au) or Wishlist (www.wishlist.com.au). Both websites provide a local service so shipping will be less expensive. Functionality is the same as Amazon.com. Simply navigate to a desired product and select ‘Add to Wish List’. However product range, availability and layout can make finding products on these local websites more difficult.

Also remember that product availability and shipping times can become delayed during Christmas so if you do decided to use an online wish list get in early.

Even if your friends and family don’t decide to buy directly from a website, sending them a wish list is a good way for them to get a feel for what you’d like, or what you are expecting for Christmas. They can always print out your list and take it to a bricks & mortar store when they go shopping. And even if you end up getting something you’ve never wanted at least you’ve had a fun time dreaming.